Event FESTIVAL – Call for projects 2022


Art Souterrain Festival showcases each year international contemporary art institutions, artists, and the architectural and cultural heritage of downtown Montreal’s underground city. As a unique contemporary art festival in North America, Art Souterrain aims to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of it’s traditional exhibition spaces.

Call for projects

  • Read the Call for projects carefully and fill out the online form to apply.
  • The application deadline is MAY 30th, 2021 [PROLONGATION].
  • For your application, you will need : a short biography, a description of the work, a portrait of the artist and photos of the work.
  • Artists are invited to submit multiple projects.

Submission guide


Current and upcoming activities


Resilient Ways and Voices

Since the post-racial shift of our societies in the mid-twentieth century, they have been ceaselessly reviewing their protocols on the subject of equity. The constant struggle of minorities for more equality reminds us that the achievements of the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, the same-sex civil marriage in 2002, or the 2008 Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, are a series of processes rather than a simple succession of dates, accomplishments and victories. The evidence that this process is largely unfinished lies in the persistence of inequalities.


In addition, the United Nations insist that minorities – whether national, ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual or other –  have a right to equity and to the protection of their existence. Regardless of their status (still active or passive), they all face a common obstacle: the discriminatory structures deeply embedded in social habits. Although minority and majority cannot exist independently from each other, the term minority carries within it the implication of a diminished voice. In other words, the numerical majority is not necessarily the one that has a “voice” in the matter.


Amid this tension between majority/minority and these general observations, the concept of minority remains difficult to define, as indicated by the absence of a unanimous definition at the international level. This resistance to standardization highlights a systemic difficulty in our world: to perceive fairly and accurately the issues surrounding the conditions for the dialogue about equity.  Indeed, in the beginning of the 21st century, the values of equality, freedom and dialogue that our democratic societies advocate, clash with their capitalist and productivist foundations based on hyper-categorization, division of labor and biopolitics (sex/gender/race). 


If the first questions that come to mind are: Who are these minority voices? How are they resilient? How do they find solutions to systemic violence? On what basis can we establish an equitable dialogue towards a more egalitarian social utopia? What approaches can inspire and change customs to foster a more egalitarian society? 


The artists of this 14th edition of the festival will be dedicated to penetrate the blindspots of our gaze. They will guide us with sensitivity and emotion through the universe of the struggles for difference and dignity.



Contact us !



Art Souterrain
10 rue King,  Tio’tia:ke, Montréal,

Québec, H3C 2N9

Support our action

A permanent team works on the festival and the various projects every year and we offer internships and volunteering on different missions to help us in our mandate.



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